Aeralis, the British military jet developer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AI-based aviation decision support software specialist Aerogility, to evaluate opportunities for an aircraft service offering in the light fast jet defence market to support training and operational air support roles.
The companies will work together to develop an Aeralis digital enterprise model that will aid in the development and sale of the Aeralis aircraft service and digital offering. Aeralis will access global markets and intends to deliver customer value and sales through reconfiguring fleets as part of enabling transformative flying training and operational air systems.
The MoU covers a range of Aerogility services, including proven capabilities in developing AI-based enterprise digital decision support solutions, focussing on optimising aircraft service whole-life costs and aircraft availability. This will help shape how the design of the Aerside system, common Integrated Logistics Support system, spares, and trained technicians utilised across a fleet of Aeralis variants will deliver significant benefits, maximising aircraft availability at a reduced cost.
This is a further partnership in a long sequence for the British jet developer with several companies building towards the ultimate delivery of the aircraft, including Thales UK, Atkins, Siemens, Martin-Baker and Hamble Aerostructures. Aeralis has also recently signed collaborative MoU’s with Ascent Flight Training and AirTanker marking a decisive step in the progress of the Aeralis jet’s development.
The company is currently in Phase Two of a three-year contract with the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office, and most recently was awarded a £9m digital engineering contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to access Aeralis’ innovative digital engineering approach.
Aerogility works with major aerospace organisations spanning both civil and defence. Its software runs intelligent ’what-if’ analysis and detailed business simulations of a company’s operational performance. Aerogility helps companies make more informed business-critical decisions, delivering higher availability, lower costs and safer operations. Aerogility’s model-based AI uses intelligent agents to represent everything from aircraft and components to facilities and personnel.
Aerogility’s CEO, Gary Vickers, said: “We are proud to partner with Aeralis, and we very much look forward to working with the Aeralis team and partners on the creation of an optimised Digital Enterprise Model of their future operation.”
Aerogility will utilise its innovative and proven model-based AI capabilities to simulate the dynamics of the Aeralis entry into the market and disruption of legacy service offerings with this transformational aircraft. This is a perfect application of Aerogility’s powerful digital enterprise model technology. We are delighted with the opportunity to contribute our capabilities to forecast, plan, and optimise future strategies and operational options, and we are very much looking forward to working with the Aeralis team.”
Aeralis’s founder and CEO Tristan Crawford commented: “Aeralis is pleased to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with Aerogility and looks forward to the unique opportunity of applying Aerogility’s AI expertise to the transformational service model that is enabled by our modular aircraft system design. Building on the strength of our current partnerships this MoU demonstrates that Aeralis will be working with the best-in-class in AI software to enhance our Digital Enterprise Model.”